At this time of year, the nursery is filled with wonderful water plants, succulents, tender perennials and tropicals of every description. While we know that most of these won't survive our winter without protection, they bring back fond memories of tropical vacations and exotic destinations. This is what we call, 'Zone Denial'. So go ahead, don't worry about longevity with these ones, day dream a little, and consider adding a few of these tropical plants to your next patio pot, or warm spot in the garden.
Red Leaved Banana
Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’
A true tropical favourite, the red leaved banana creates exciting vertical interest in the garden and catches attention with its red and green coloured leaves. It is not hardy in our area and will need to be brought inside over the winter. An excellent specimen for containers, in sun rooms, poolside or urban gardens. Plant it in full sun, with a minimum of 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. Bananas like humidity and do require regular watering, especially in extreme heat. This variety is fast growing and will reach 12-15ft in height. Hardy in USDA zones 10-11
Bronze Canna Lily
Cannas are fast growing tender perennials that offer banana-like upright growing tropical foliage. They love water and are often planted pond side or even in boggy soil. They bloom in late summer with very attractive colourful flowers. ‘Australis’ is one of the most attractive varieties featuring dark burgundy leaves and red flowers in abundance. We have many different varieties available during the summer - some with green foliage, others with dark foliage. We generally suggest lifting and storing Canna roots over winter to ensure their survival. Grows 48-60 inches in height. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10
Giant Dwarf Papyrus
This variety of Papyrus is grown in shallow water and creates green upright foliage with large tufts of wispy foliage on top. Looks very architectural and great when mass planted. Best grown in full sun to shade. Grows to 18 inches in height. Hardy USDA in zones 9-10.
This northwest hardy palm tree is one of the only varieties that can survive a typical winter in our area. It’s a fan-leafed palm with a dark trunk that is usually thicker on top and is covered with dense, hairy looking fiber. It will add a tropical feel wherever it is planted. Prefers rich, well drained soil. Best in full sun. Water regularly for a strong healthy root system. Can grow up to 30ft tall and 20ft wide in optimal conditions. If it gets cold in winter, protect it from cold winds, snow and ice. Hardy to Zone 7.
Ombrella Mimosa Tree / Silk Tree
Albizia julibrissin ‘Boubri’
The Silk tree is an exotic looking colorful landscape tree attractive to birds with its large, cherry-pink, powder-puff shaped, fragrant flowers that appear profusely-even on young trees. Striking, multi-trunk tree with dark green fern-textured foliage. A great specimen plant, ideal for the poolside, coastal locations, and urban gardens. Best grown in full sun, 6-8 hours of direct sunlight for best growth. Heat tolerant. Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Fast growing to 30ft tall and wide in perfect conditions. Hardy in USDA zones 6-9
Pink Stripe New Zealand Flax
Phormium ‘Pink Stripe’
Pink Stripe New Zealand Flax is a bushy flax with grey-green to bronze foliage with bright pink margins. We have several other varieties in stock including bronze, purple and yellow foliaged varieties. Upright habit. Excellent in containers. Bring indoors or at least a sheltered location outside over winter. Prefers full sun and fertile, moist, but well drained soils. Grows 5-6ft tall and 2-3ft wide. Hardy in Zone 8.
Gardenia jasminoides ‘Frostproof’
Frostproof Gardenia has a more upright habit, supporting shiny, dark green leaves and fragrant, white 2- to 3-inch wide flowers that bloom in summer. Makes a fine hedge or foundation plant that thrives with more direct sun than other varieties. ! buds resist late spring frosts without damage. Deer resistant. Evergreen. Prefers 6+ hours of sunlight per day. Needs regular watering, more often in extreme heat. Slow growing to 5ft tall and up to 4ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-11.
Sweet Shrub ‘Aphrodite’
This medium sized deciduous shrub features large red, magnolia-like flowers, that are fragrant and bloom in summer. It will often re-bloom throughout the season. Flowers are accented by glossy green, attractive foliage. A distinctive addition to mixed borders and perennial gardens. Prune after flowering. Prefers full sun and will tolerate most moist, well drained soils. Grows to 5-6ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.
Grecian Pattern Plant
Acanthus mollis ‘Oak Leaf’
This easy care plant features large, intriguing looking foliage that resembles an oakleaf. Is often grown for foliage alone or for its attention getting spikes of whitish-lilac flowers. Spreads rapidly in good conditions. Useful in perennial borders or background planting. Best grown in part sun. Likes regular watering. Fast growing to 4ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 6-11
Arbequina Hardy Olive
Olea europaea 'Arbequina'
Arbequina Hardy Olive is an attractive, silvery-green foliage on a large evergreen shrub. Blooms in spring. It is a self-fertile fruiting olive, prized for its dark brown fruit with highly aromatic oil content. Cold hardy and highly adaptable, it produces abundantly in hot dry climates, ripening in fall. Makes a beautiful specimen shrub or small tree, even without fruit. Excellent in containers, as a specimen or on the seacoast. Needs full hot sun in our climate and deep, but infrequent watering. Grows slowly up to 35-40ft tall and up to 25ft wide. It is hardy in USDA zones 8-11, so winter protection is essential if it gets cold.
Midknight Blue Agapanthus
Agapanthus x 'Monmid'
This summer flowering tropical perennial Midknight Blue Agapanthus is an exciting summer flowering tropical perennial with deep, violet-blue flowers held in tight clusters on tall stalks. Blooms in mid-spring through summer. Lush strap-like foliage is bright green. Great for borders and containers or poolside. Herbaceous perennial. Foliage reaches 2ft tall and up to 2-3ft wide. Flower stalks can reach 3-4ft. Best in full sun. Water regularly, more often in extreme heat. Lower watering requirements once established. Hardy in USDA zones 6-11
The Anise tree is an exceptionally fragrant shrub or small flowering tree from China. Crushed foliage releases a spicy anise fragrance. Creamy yellow blooms may produce showy seedpods that resemble culinary star anise- do not ingest! Excellent for cool, lightly shaded spots. Blooms in late spring, may sporadically produce fragrant non-edible fruit. Best grown in part sun, 3-6 hours of sunlight. Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat .Grows slowly up to 6-8ft tall and up to 6ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 8-10
Corky’s Honey Delight Fig
Ficus carica ‘Corkys Honey Delight’
Corkys Honey Delight is a semi-dwarf fig notable for its vigorous habit and bountiful fruit, yielding two crops of succulent green figs each year. In our climate, we usually don’t get enough late summer heat to ripen the second crop. Sweet, amber-colored flesh with a flavorful honey note. This attractive small tree is well-suited for small city gardens where space is limited. Makes a superb accent tree. Provides a handsome leafy background when allowed to grow as a large shrub. Thrives in mild coastal areas and warm humid areas, but often hardy and prolific in zones 5 and 6 as well, if planted in a sheltered location. Deciduous. Needs to be grown in full sun, 6+ hours of sunlight per day. Reaches 10-12ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10. In very cold winters.
Star Jasmine is a beautiful vine prized for its very fragrant, star-shaped, white flowers in spring and summer. Plant near a patio, terrace or entry where the fragrance can be enjoyed. In frost free areas, train on posts, walls or trellises, or allow to trail along as a groundcover. A superb summer container plant for colder regions. Twining stems spread to 18 to 20 ft. long; 1 to 2 ft. tall as a groundcover. Best in partial to full sun. Hardy in USDA zones 8-11.
Foxtail Fern / Asparagus Fern
Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers' The Foxtail Fern, also known as the Asparagus Fern is an unusual evergreen that adds textural contrast to perennial beds and borders. Long, plume-like stems hold soft, needle-like leaves. Blooms in spring, develops red berries in fall. An excellent choice for seasonal hanging baskets and containers. Best grown in part sun. Keep surface of soil moist, but not soggy. Moderately upright growth, 2 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide. Hardy in USDA zones 9-11
As always, please call ahead to confirm availability as our selection is always changing